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US and Latin American Partners To Discuss Hezbollah Presence In Venezuela

US and Latin American Partners To Discuss Hezbollah Presence In Venezuela by Nora Gámez Torres - Miami Herald

The United States is concerned about the presence of Hezbollah, the terrorist group supported by Iran, in Venezuela, an issue that will be raised by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a meeting on counterterrorism efforts that will gather several ministers from the region in Bogota on Monday.

“We’re concerned that Maduro has extended safe harbor to a number of terrorist groups, the ELN [National Liberation Army] in particular, but also FARC [The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia] dissidents who rejected the peace accord, as well as supporters and sympathizers of Hezbollah,” Ambassador Nathan Sales, Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the State Department, told el Nuevo Herald and the Miami Herald.

The last ministerial meeting was held in June last year in Buenos Aires, where Hezbollah bombed the headquarters of the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina in 1994, leaving 85 dead…

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